Report: PS4 Will Top Xbox One In 2013, Consoles To Rise
Price is everything.
Well, not everything, but when it comes to a holiday race, it has a huge impact. And according to a new report from the International Data Corporation (IDC), Sony's PlayStation 4 ($399) has the edge over Microsoft's Xbox One ($499) when they launch this fall.
The report didn't go into details, but it did say the PS4 would outsell the Xbox One during the course of the holiday season, due in large part to the more attractive price tag. As for the number of consoles shipped worldwide in 2013, the IDC estimates it will be "marginally higher" than 2012's 33 million, which would end a four-year slide in this category. Hardware sales really suck now, so they obviously think the new consoles will bring the numbers up a lot.
The report further stated that pre-paid full-game, micro-game and add-on revenue generated through the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and eShop will top that of worldwide PC-based digital sales for the first time ever. Then there's the online explosion, and IDC gaming research manager Lewis Ward said the online console market is expected to exceed 165 million people worldwide by 2017. Obviously, that would mean the opportunities to sell content digitally will continue to expand.
Lastly, Lewis cited China's recent decision to lift its 13-year console ban, which should lead to a lot of extra profit for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. Oh, and all those other new platforms, like Ouya, Valve's new Steam Machines, smart TVs, etc.? The IDC said they're "unlikely" to have any sort of significant impact on the traditional console business for at least a few more years. Which I could've told you.
10/3/2013 11:25:34 AM Ben Dutka